Thursday, 10 November 2016

Jörg Schmeisser’s colour etching “Cliff above Kargiak”, 1986


Jörg Schmeisser (1942–2012)
“Cliff above Kargiak”, 1986, Commissioned by the Print Council of Australia.
This print is reproduced in John Keay’s (1986) book, “Ladakh: Land der Pässe / Land of the Passes”, with photographs by Jaroslave Paoncar, prints by Jörg Schmeisser, Edition Wiegand und Wienand Verlag, Köln.

Etching, both soft-ground and hard ground with aquatint and roulette incorporating two-plate colour printing on heavy cream wove paper, signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist.
Size: (sheet) 45.5 x 45.7 cm; (plate) 19.5 x 22.5 cm
Edition of 50; number 17/50
Condition: marvellously rich colour and well-printed impression in pristine condition with generous margins.

I am selling this ravishingly beautiful colour etching by a now sadly missed world famous printmaker for a total cost of AU$475 (currently US$365.77/EUR335.02/GBP294.69 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this original etching created using two printing plates, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


Thanks to good advice from one of my best mates who knew Schmeisser very well, I now understand that he did not use viscosity printing for this plate as I originally thought. Instead, Schmeisser used the much simpler process—but still technically demanding—of inking two plates with different colours and using them to print a single composite image. My query about whether the print was a soft-ground etching proved correct but in this plate there is also use of hard-ground etching as well as roulette work and touches of aquatint.

To have good friends who know their stuff is marvellous!





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